Paramount is going to come out with its first Blu-ray releases in 4K Ultra HD in the near future. The first releases include Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, they will be available for purchase starting June 14th as the company commemorates the 50th anniversary of the broadcast of the very first Star Trek episode on NBC.
Both movies are going to be sold as triple-disc UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD combo packs. The Star Trek bundle is also going to include three hours of additional content while Star Trek: Into Darkness features two hours of special features as well as the IMAX version of this movie.
Prices are a bit on the high side, but that’s to be expected, 4K UHD isn’t really mainstream right now and it’s going to take a while before we can pop into a store and buy 4K Blu-rays for under $10.
Paramount is asking $47.99 for each combo pack, and that’s not an unusual price point because Sony’s first 4K streaming service is selling UHD titles for $30 each. So it’s right up there.
4K Blu-rays will remain a niche for a considerable amount of time before more content is released and the prices start coming down. Till that happens it’s going to be limited to a select group of people who don’t mind shelling out big bucks for a 4K UHD TV and don’t mind paying almost $50 for a movie.